In exactly four weeks, Super Nintendo World will open at Universal Studios Hollywood and it looks like any classic gamer’s dream come true.
The park will be located in the same area as the Jurassic Park and Transformers attractions, in the lower lot of Universal. Unlike the games that surround it, however, Super Nintendo World will offer an environment that completely immerses visitors inside a Nintendo game.
A sneak peek at the park, captured by Getty Images, certainly looks like it’s part of the Super Mario Bros. games. Players enter through a green warp tube and on the other side is presented the Mushroom Kingdom, complete with steep pixelated cliffs, grass blocky green and yellow question mark blocks.
instagram video of the Guardian‘s Oliver Wainwright shows moving poisonous mushrooms and spinning coins on the cliff, as well as swinging piranha plants and traveling Shellcreepers.
From there, guests enter the main attraction, where they can tour Yoshi’s Story-themed rooms and Super Stars before heading to Bowser’s Castle.
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First up is a tour of Bowser’s trophy room, before guests learn the rules of the game they’ve paid for: Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.
According to press materials, the ride/attraction is the first major implementation of augmented reality technology in a themed attraction in the US Guests will wear headsets that allow them to interact with the virtual elements of the ride.
Guests will be seated four in a vehicle. Universal note riders will play alongside Mario and his friends, and will be taken through underwater courses and among the clouds. Although it has not yet been revealed by Universal, the Los Angeles Times says that an encounter with the game’s infamous “Rainbow Road” also takes place.
The guests will compete against Team Bowser for the Gold Cup.
And while the ride is technically the biggest draw at the Mushroom Kingdom, Universal promises interactive games and activities where guests can collect digital coins and complete challenges to earn keys to Koopa Troopas and Goombas.
Hungry adventurers can also find a variety of themed dishes like Super Soup Mushroom, Piranha Plant Caprese, and Princess Peach Cupcakes at Toadstool Cafe.
You can experience it all for yourself when it opens on Friday, February 17.
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